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Senegal’s Leading Presidential Candidates Conclude Campaigns Ahead of Crucial Vote

Senegal’s Presidential Frontrunners End Campaigns Ahead of Vote

DAKAR, Senegal — Friday marked the last day of campaigning in Senegal’s tightly contested election, setting the stage for what is expected to be the closest race in the country’s history. The streets of Dakar and Mbour were alive with fervor as large crowds rallied in support of two of the favored presidential candidates, Amadou Ba and Bassirou Diomaye Faye.

Amadou Ba, a career politician from the same political party as President Macky Sall, concluded his campaign with a vibrant rally at Independence Square in Dakar. “We have achieved so much together,” Ba declared, addressing his supporters with optimism. “Our journey is not over. Let’s build a future of prosperity for all Senegalese.” Seydou Sarr, a young supporter who worked tirelessly on Ba’s campaign, reflected the enthusiasm of many. “We worked a lot. We went into houses in the districts, we raised awareness, we talked with people, and we told them Amadou Ba was best for them. He will be the fifth president, by the grace of God, on March 24,” Sarr stated confidently.

Meanwhile, in Mbour, the Caroline Faye Stadium was packed with supporters of Bassirou Diomaye Faye, a popular young politician backed by Ousmane Sonko. Faye, who has garnered significant support among the youth, spoke passionately about the need for change. “The time has come for a new direction,” Faye proclaimed. Kedidia Ndiaye, a resident of Mbour, echoed the sentiments of many young Senegalese frustrated with high unemployment levels. “I’m here to support Diomaye [Faye]. We say that Diomaye is Sonko. We want change for the country. We are really tired,” she said, capturing the widespread desire for a new leadership approach.

This election is set to be a pivotal moment for Senegal, with the frontrunners representing starkly different visions for the country’s future. Ba’s stronghold in Dakar and his established political career stand in contrast to Faye’s dynamic appeal to the younger population, which makes up the vast majority of the electorate.

As campaigns officially end, the focus now shifts to Sunday’s vote. Should no candidate secure more than 50% of the vote, a second round of voting will take place in two weeks, prolonging the suspense. International observers and civil society groups are on the ground, ensuring the election process remains free and fair.

With the candidates’ final rallies behind them, the nation holds its breath. The streets of Senegal have quieted, giving way to a reflective calm as citizens prepare to cast their ballots. The outcome of this election will significantly shape Senegal’s trajectory, determining whether the country will continue on its current path or embrace the change advocated by a new generation.

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